Through the Years: A Brief Dodge Challenger History

January 28th, 2019 by

Closeup of vintage Challenger in foreground with modern Challenger in background
The 2019 Dodge Challenger is causing lots of buzz among muscle car enthusiasts in Scotts Valley, from its chiseled exterior and eye-catching colors to its robust performance specs and well-equipped interior. However, its reputation wasn’t made overnight! Learn a bit about the Dodge Challenger’s history here, including answers to FAQs like, “What year did the Dodge Challenger come out?”

What Was the First Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger first rolled onto the market for the 1970 model year. The 1970 Dodge Challenger was based on an early prototype and was offered in a variety of configurations. The base model was offered with 6-cylinder and V8 engine options in both coupe and convertible formats, while the Challenger R/T got a robust 335-hp V8. At the top of the line was the Challenger SE, which came with premium options like cruise control and power windows. From the beginning, the Challenger was a huge hit among muscle car enthusiasts.

The Dodge Challenger Through the Years

The history of the Dodge Challenger includes a variety of updates and redesigns over the years. Here are just a few highlights:

  • 1971 – Dodge put the Challenger Coupe onto the market, giving muscle car shoppers a more affordable entry into the segment.
  • 1972 – There were a number of changes to the Challenger for 1972, including a newly updated front grille design and premium options like leather upholstery.
  • 1978 – From ’78 to ’84, the Challenger was actually a Mitsubishi import.
  • 2008 – Dodge resurrected the Challenger for the 2008 model year, and it’s been delivering genuine muscle car style and performance for a new generation ever since!

What’s the Best Dodge Challenger Year?

The answer to this question really depends on your personal tastes and priorities. Some are inclined toward contemporary, high-performance models like the current Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, while others enjoy the classic vibes and legendary performance of the first generation of the Challenger.

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